Nurse Licensure Compact Bill Reintroduced in 2021-2022 Session

Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) recently reintroduced legislation that would allow Michigan to join the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). House Bill 4046 was sent to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration in the 2021-2022 legislative session. A similar bill, House Bill 4042, passed both chambers of the Michigan Legislature during the last session and was sent to the governor, who vetoed the bill Dec. 30. The veto letter discusses her opposition to signing the NLC. The MHA continues to support the NLC to ensure healthcare access for all patients in Michigan. Members with questions should contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.

Michigan Senate Advances Healthcare Bills

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As the legislative lame-duck session continued during the week of Dec. 7, the Michigan Senate voted on several bills that would impact hospitals. The bills taken up included several COVID-19-related bills, as well as an extension of unemployment benefits and the nurse licensure compact legislation.

The Michigan Senate passed House Bill (HB) 4042, which would add Michigan to the interstate nurse licensure compact (NLC). The NLC allows registered nurses to have one multistate license with the privilege to practice in their home state and other NLC states. However, permanent relocation to another compact state requires obtaining licensure in the new state. HB 4042 was sponsored in 2019 by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) and has been supported by the MHA. The bill now moves to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk for signature.

The COVID-19-related legislation most notable for hospitals was Senate Bill (SB) 1253, introduced by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton Township), which would make changes to the ability of the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency orders. Under the bill passed by the Senate, emergency orders would be valid for 28 days before needing to be approved by a vote of both legislative chambers. The MHA opposes the bill, which did not receive a Senate committee hearing and now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.

The Senate also passed a pair of bills that would extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through March 31. SBs 604 and 749 would extend unemployment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks, continue to not charge employers’ individual accounts for COVID-19-related claims, allow employees to use UI for COVID-19-related absences, and continue to expand the UI Workshare Program until April. Additionally, SB 604 would create an exception for disqualification from UI benefits for individuals who can show that a documented case of domestic abuse led to their inability to work. The bills were introduced by Sens. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) and Jim Stamas (R-Midland). The MHA supports both bills, which now await further consideration by the House.

Members with questions on HB 4042 should contact Paige Fults at the MHA. Other questions on legislative action can be directed to Adam Carlson at the MHA.

MHA Monday Report March 2, 2020

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MDHHS Opens State Lab for COVID-19

Joneigh Khaldun, MD, chief medical executive, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), announced the activation of a state lab to test suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients Feb. 27. …


Certificate of Need Bills Pass Michigan Senate

The Michigan Senate passed five bills Feb. 26 that would change Michigan’s Certificate of Need (CON) regulations on covered capital expenditures, behavioral health services, and air ambulance services and would increase …


Nurse Licensure Compact Passes the House

Michigan House Bill (HB) 4042, also known as the Michigan Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), passed the House Feb. 26. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) and supported by the MHA, the NLC allows registered nurses …


Testimony on Age-Friendly Care Delivered in House Committee

Ewa Panetta, manager of safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center, testified before the Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee Feb. 26 to discuss the importance of integrating more age-friendly initiatives into hospitals. …


New Report Shows Healthcare Remains Michigan’s Largest Private-sector Employer

The Partnership for Michigan’s Health reports that healthcare directly employed nearly 602,000 Michigan residents in 2018, demonstrating that healthcare continues to be the largest private-sector employer in the state. …


Learn to Manage Quality Improvement Projects with Implementation Science​

The MHA Keystone Center has extended to March 11 the deadline for registering for the Implementation Science: Healthcare Performance Improvement Certification Course, offered in conjunction with Vlasic & Roth.  …


MHA and AHA Partner on Leadership Resiliency Retreat

Today’s society does not often consider how physicians are affected by viewing daily pain and suffering. Studies show that physicians are overwhelmed with the extent of illnesses and too many conversations about…


Learn from Nationally Recognized Speakers at PSO Annual Meeting

The MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) brings together hospitals and safety experts for its annual meeting March 11 at the VisTaTech Center, Livonia. The event fosters peer learning and provides the opportunity  …


CEO Report – Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk

What comes to mind when you hear the word “tailgating”? Meeting with friends on a crisp fall afternoon outside the football stadium of your favorite team, firing up the grill, enjoying a few drinks before the big game? Until a few years … 


Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Audit Training Materials Available

The MHA recently coordinated an educational webinar with Myers and Stauffer, Michigan’s audit firm for the federally mandated Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) audits. The fiscal year 2017 DSH audits have begun, in accordance with the following timeline …


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyCharity Care in Not-for-profit Hospitals Good News, Bad News for Operators

“A new JAMA study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that charity care provided by not-for-profit (NFP) hospitals is higher than what’s provided by their investor-owned peers.”

Paul Keckley, Feb. 24, 2020


News to Know

Upcoming events and important healthcare news for the week of March 2:

  • The MHA Council on Behavioral Health Integration will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the MHA Capitol Advocacy Center, Lansing. 
     
  • The Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Community and Health Systems’ new rule governing the licensure of health facilities and agencies took effect Feb. 21. 

MHA in the News

Read recent coverage about the MHA, including a radio interview from WJR 760 AM that featured Brittany Bogan, senior vice president of safety & quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, discussing importance of improved access to postpartum care for mothers.

Nurse Licensure Compact Passes the House

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While House Bill 4042 did pass both chambers of the Michigan Legislature during the 2019-2020 legislative session and was sent to the governor, the bill was vetoed Dec. 30. Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Township) did reintroduce the legislation as HB 4046 for the 2021-2022 legislative session. A full summary article of HB 4046 is available in the MHA Newsroom

Michigan Capitol BuildingMichigan House Bill (HB) 4042, also known as the Michigan Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), passed the House Feb. 26. Sponsored by Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.) and supported by the MHA, the NLC allows registered nurses to have one multistate license with the privilege to practice in their home state and other NLC states. However, permanent relocation to another compact state requires obtaining licensure in the new state, as the nurse’s residency has changed.

There are 34 states currently in the NLC, which was created 20 years ago. HB 4042 would declare Michigan to be an NLC participating state, allowing the mutual recognition of nursing licenses among the other member NLC states. HB 4042 awaits a vote in the Senate before moving to Gov. Whitmer's desk for final signature into law. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.